Conroe, February 18 – Yesterday, The Golden Hammer initiated a massive Public Information Act/Open Records request concerning the in-fighting between County Judge Craig Doyal, County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, Human Resources Director Dodi Shaw, “chief of staff” Jim Fredricks and others, a request which has already begun to yield a “treasurer trove” (pun intended) of documents.
On January 9, 2017, Davenport who in September, 2016, had sought a promotion for Judge Doyal’s daughter, Lindsey Doyal, to the position of “Deputy County Treasurer” or “Assistant County Treasurer” sent a pointed letter to Fredricks in which she complained about Shaw’s “delay in getting my department’s reorganization finalized through Human Resources.” Davenport did not show that letter to anyone other than Fredricks who was the intended recipient of her letter. Most of Davenport’s complaints over Shaw’s “delays” occurred during a time period when Shaw’s husband was hospitalized due to a major illness and Shaw did much of her County work remotely. Shaw’s February 13, 2017, letter, however, also indicated Shaw’s argument that her Human Resources Department was diligently following its normal administrative procedures to work with Davenport, although Shaw and Assistant HR Director Kathy Flowers had nepotism and other concerns about the proposed reorganization.
The Golden Hammer has sought comments from several County officials in response to Shaw’s letter and intends to publish their side of the story on Sunday, February 19. Fair is fair.
The Golden Hammer is culling through several thousand pages of documents received this morning through the Public Information Act and from approximately three dozen anonymous sources as well who have provided documents and other information during the past 24 hours. Montgomery County’s leading newspaper will, of course, welcome information from sources with credible information. Please send your tips to our encrypted email account firstname.lastname@example.org.